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General Discussion

Thomas Moore
Thomas Moore
4,275 Points

Really wish videos could be paused or manipulated in a non-maximized window.

It's a huge pain, when working on a single screen, to keep switching back and forth between treehouse and IDE.

Why is it that the video controls can't be accessed when the video page is resized down to fill just half my screen?

6 Answers

Jacob Cordeiro
Jacob Cordeiro
934 Points

what browser are you using?

You can resize/minimize the browser window and your IDE in such a way that they are parallel to each other, so that you can follow the steps as you view the video. That might help.

Thomas Moore
Thomas Moore
4,275 Points

That is what I've done, and when they're side-by-side, the video controls disappear.

Another option is minimize your IDE alone. It might be harder to use but at least the video controls remains in tact. If you have another monitor...you can also set up dual monitor .

Thomas Moore
Thomas Moore
4,275 Points

Right, a second monitor would, of course, be the most luxurious solution.

Ha ha, yes XD. I don't have that but if you do (plus have extra space), it would make things way more comfortable for you.

Hey Thomas, quick solution for you. You can pause and play the video, so long as the controls are active (e.g., you've clicked them once), using the spacebar. Additionally, you can skip forward or backward using the ← and → arrow keys. Remember, you have to have that particular window active to work, and not your IDE.

Thomas Moore
Thomas Moore
4,275 Points

Dustin, yes, but only if I haven't clicked out of the window since activating the controls. Which totally defeats the purpose when I'm working in the IDE while watching the video.

Ahh, that's right. I'd say the best solution in that scenario is to download the video. Players like VLC allow you to quickly use the spacebar to pause and play. I'd also recommend toggling through apps using Cmd / Alt + Tab for maximum efficiency.

Thomas Moore
Thomas Moore
4,275 Points

Okay, thanks!

Still seems like this is a design flaw, though.

Hey Thomas, I made a video showing how to toggle back and forth using either Alt+Tab on Windows or Cmd+Tab on a Mac, and spacebar to resume and pause video playback. It's working on a Mac; I'm not sure, but it should be the same on Windows. Let me know if this works for you.

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

I just did a little testing using Chrome on Windows 7. If I keep my browser window open to 761px (or bigger) then I can alt-tab between windows and use the spacebar to pause.

If it's not working the same on Windows when the viewport is smaller than 761px, maybe Treehouse support would like to know about this. Seems minute, but I've heard this issue a couple times, if I recall correctly.

Thomas Moore
Thomas Moore
4,275 Points

This is actually really helpful! Yes, by expanding the window to just a little more than half of my screen-width, the controls remain visible. Thanks!

Amy Funderburg
Amy Funderburg
18,038 Points

I use Chrome and I found that when I view videos in a small window I am able to open the controls to pause by right clicking, and select show controls